FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a non-profit, volunteer and membership organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Blue Ridge region. Members financially support FRIENDS programs. FRIENDS chapters are community-based organizations that empower and coordinate volunteers, projects, and events in their local areas. We extend our reach by working with local and regional government, common-minded nonprofits, clubs and other organizations. Volunteer with our Roanoke Valley Chapter: Their service area includes Roanoke, Salem, Bent Mountain, and Vinton.